Drummer Nick Menza, who played with MEGADETH from 1989 to 1998, had a less than pleasant experience this past weekend. In his own words:
"I had a blast at NAMM hanging with fans and old friends I also made a major mistake for trying to say hello to Dave Mustaine at the Dean booth which he totally blew me off and wouldn't even look at me then had his hired goons / bodyguard tell me go away, pretty lame! I'm over it and life goes on!"
Menza later clarified his initial comments with the following statement:
"I don't hate Dave nor was I trying to get back in the band, just friendly a hello that's all nothing more nothing less! I have so many other things going on right now that even if Dave asked me back in the band I would have to turn down the offer."
Menza appeared on four studio albums with Megadeth:
Rust In Peace (1990)
Countdown To Extinction (1992)
Cryptic Writings (1997)
Earlier on at last weekend's NAMM conference, Menza saw another of his old Megadeth bandmates, bassist David Ellefson; that meeting went much smoother, as the picture below attests to.